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On article Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 IV Review (1609 comments in total)
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Jennyhappy2: Looks to be a hit...selling at #1 on Amazon.com

Why wouldn't it be? Check back in 90 days and see if its #1.

Link | Posted on Jul 14, 2015 at 18:20 UTC

Other than the sharpness, looks like a great lens.

Link | Posted on Jul 14, 2015 at 16:55 UTC as 22nd comment

Well, it's better than The Interview. But even in 360 degree panorama, it doesn't appear to be much fun, IMO.

Link | Posted on Jul 14, 2015 at 16:48 UTC as 9th comment
On article Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 IV Review (1609 comments in total)
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nRequimM: On what matters: look at the image quality - RX100 IV is marginally worse than Rx100v3 at high resolution setting; it's slightly softer and more noisy. One could guess that innovations e.g. stacked sensor needs time to optimise, and that RX100 is in the 3rd version. Though I'm amazed that the Sony marketing machine has brainwashed dpreview readers.

Innovation is what matters. If you just want a camera with great photo quality, there were plenty before this camera.

Link | Posted on Jul 13, 2015 at 22:23 UTC
On article Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 IV Review (1609 comments in total)
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Tieu Ngao: Overpriced and "made-in-China"!!!
No, thanks. I'm happy with my Nikon Coolpix A (APS-C sensor & made in Japan).

Just one reason why Apple is so incredibly profitable.

Link | Posted on Jul 13, 2015 at 22:20 UTC
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AbrasiveReducer: Took them longer than Adobe, but then I don't pay Apple $20 a month.

Point taken. These endless operating system upgrades and their tendency to make your existing software obsolete are a money grab, just like an Adobe subscription.

Another similarity is that new operating systems rarely add genuinely useful features. But then, these things are about Adobe's welfare and Apple's welfare; they're not something customers are asking for.

Link | Posted on Jul 13, 2015 at 18:23 UTC

Tried it over the weekend. Conclusion: Adobe should be thankful there is no PC version. Will it hurt Photoshop? In the worst case, some angry $10/month users will drop off, but the folks who can't wait to buy everything Adobe produces will continue to do so. Microsoft's dominance proves that building a better mousetrap or giving more value for money will not make people change to something better.

Link | Posted on Jul 13, 2015 at 17:25 UTC as 13th comment | 2 replies

The video is very impressive. The person working with the software moves really fast!!!!!!!!!!!!

Link | Posted on Jul 11, 2015 at 19:33 UTC as 19th comment
On article Nikon D750 service advisory warns of shutter issue (347 comments in total)
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Kjell Lagerberg: My camera is affected with both the flair and shutter problems according to Nikon. I have not seen any of these. I did send it for repair in the first place and got it back after two weeks. Now when they ask me to send it back again, i got really angry. What about QC? Is this what to expect fr.o.m. 2000 dollar camera?
The problem is that this is a fantastic imaging tool, and I have not seen the problems. But at every service there is a risk for implementing new potential problems.
In my opinion Nikon ought to replace the affected cameras to keep the brand where it should be. Of course to expensive for Nikon.

I have given myself a second thought and despite the above, I appreciate Nikons service advisory, as it came prior to discussions on the web. In my opinion this is a sign for that Nikon really tries to get control over the QC process. I hope they will be successful as their cameras are top class when whitout flaws.

The tit-for-tat nonsense ("brand X has the same problem") is not relevant, but realistically, if you're going to buy a complex digital camera, chances are pretty good that somebody will find some situation where something can go wrong.

These are not failures of quality control but failures to magically predict a set of circumstances. What is knowable in advance, and people pay little attention to, is how the manufacturer deals with the problem. If your $3000 camera is malfunctioning and the manufacturer says "what problem?" all the dynamic range in the world is no use.

It seems Nikon has learned the hard way, but they've learned. The D600 was probably a blessing in disguise for all concerned.

Link | Posted on Jul 11, 2015 at 19:26 UTC
On article Nikon D750 service advisory warns of shutter issue (347 comments in total)

Not that they have a choice but its nice to see Nikon getting out in front of this.

Link | Posted on Jul 10, 2015 at 19:16 UTC as 86th comment

I don't care who voted for what but I'd like to know which European countries allow you to stand outdoors, include a building in a photo, make a small amount of money from the image and not be in legal jeopardy? Wikipedia has a map but a list would be better.

Link | Posted on Jul 10, 2015 at 16:54 UTC as 8th comment
On photo Frozen in time in the Quiet challenge (20 comments in total)


Link | Posted on Jul 10, 2015 at 16:46 UTC as 4th comment

Took them longer than Adobe, but then I don't pay Apple $20 a month.

Link | Posted on Jul 10, 2015 at 16:45 UTC as 4th comment | 9 replies
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Barry Goyette: I think whats not being answered with all this focus on Dynamic Range and SNR is "does 14 stops of DR produce a photo that LOOKS BETTER than one taken at 12 stops. Sure I get that the Nikon/Sony will let you shoot directly into the sun while you focus on your tulips...but when I look at that shot....I see a very strange looking sky, which is where most of that DR is being utilized. I shot some tests with the 5dsr today in stupidly backlit situations and was able to get very satisfactory results exposing for the highlights and pulling up the shadows. The shadows had a bit of noise in them sure, but at this resolution, who flipping cares...you're never gonna see it won a print shy of 24x36.

But here's the thing, when I maximized these images with their paltry 11.7 stops of DR, frankly...they looked a little fake to me. They looked a little like DPR's tulip photo...(HDR anyone?) My question is this. Would stuffing 2 more stops of DR into that shot make it look any better?

It may be that extended dynamic range results in a smoky HDR look but even if it doesn't, many scenes that include the light source in the picture greatly exceed what any digital camera can do, at least in a single exposure.

In theory, it would be great to have full detail from inisde a room with the blinds closed to the center of the sun, outside the window. Or a night scene with a row of floodlights where you can see the filaments in the bulbs. But even if it was possible, it wouldn't look natural. Like Ansel Adam's demonstrations with Pyrogallol. Interesting, but not realistic looking.

Link | Posted on Jul 10, 2015 at 00:42 UTC
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lawny13: I mostly do photo editing and simply use LR. I sometimes dive into PS but I do not by any means take full advantage of what the software can do.

At $108 a year or here in the EU €147 ($169 a year) I am certainly not going to switch to the adobe CC band wagon.

There is a reason why companies DO NOT upgrade their CAD software (or any software) every time there is a version/revision release. The added features do not justify the cost to benefit. They always wait for when the incentive is big enough. I have a feeling that for a lot of people this holds true for adobe products as well. I had upgraded from CS3 to CS6 because I couldn't be bothered with CS4 and CS5.

Adobe is simply taking advantage of their leading position. As for updates for CS6... no need. I am fine with the way it is running now. I hope affinity progresses so it is an option in a year or 2 when I would consider an upgrade. Rent software? Haha... those who want to get locked into the product further go ahead.

Before this cloud business, Adobe sent surveys and for the question "How often do you upgrade?" one of the possible answers was "Every other version."

Now, what does this tell us? It tells us consumers didn't see enough value in Adobe's "innovations" to automatically buy new versions just because they were new versions.

I'm sure there were meetings at Adobe where they looked at upcoming "innovations" and somebody said "That's it? Really?"

And that's how Creative Cloud was born.

Link | Posted on Jul 9, 2015 at 21:08 UTC

A generous helping of the obvious, from the scientists at DxO. There is no reason why anyone using Nikon or Sony would consider switching based on these "revelations" and who else is in the market for a 50mp FF camera?

Thom Hogan has a thoughtful piece today on how he always wants the best but darned if lots of great photos have been taken with cameras that aren't, at that exact moment, the best.

Ok, so DxO has told us what we already know. Will this public shaming cause Canon to produce a better camera? If they were in Sony's position--a distant third, maybe.

Link | Posted on Jul 9, 2015 at 20:32 UTC as 112th comment | 3 replies
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CameraLabTester: This is seriously a serial problem.

Panasonic must catch this serial killer...


I'm waiting for someone to explain that these rub-off serial numbers are in fact a cutting edge high tech improvement over those old engraved numbers. Nothing whatsoever to do with making stuff cheaply.

Link | Posted on Jul 9, 2015 at 17:20 UTC
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zodiacfml: Because the launch price was not in touch with the current market. The current change puts it similarly to an a6000, but that comes with an EVF, better AF, and better video. Still, it seems that the a6000 is a better buy.

A modest launch price should put it at $100 more than the GR.

Previously, I suggested a 24MP Sony sensor for the GR2. Yet, I realized it doesn't add value, only to improved the 35mm crop mode feature and will make the camera a bit slower due to the larger files. High ISO improvement is not practically huge.

The GR is a compact camera with a a fixed focal length wide angle, thereby being smaller and sharper than a zoom. I don't know what a imaging hardware platform is, but 16mp with a really sharp lens is plenty and the Ricoh screen and interface have always been very good.

Link | Posted on Jul 9, 2015 at 16:35 UTC
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snappur: Panasonic Manufacturing needs to rediscover the fine lost art of ENGRAVING.

Engraving costs money. Manufacturing in Japan costs money. Machining metal instead of molding plastic...you get the idea.

Link | Posted on Jul 8, 2015 at 22:11 UTC

Its not all bad. Say you pick up a gray market camera and they don't want to honor the warranty. Just give the s/n a "cleaning" and you're good to go.

I remember when cameras, even the cheap ones, had engraved serial numbers. And then they filled in the engraving with paint so you could read the number.

Link | Posted on Jul 8, 2015 at 20:29 UTC as 54th comment | 3 replies
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